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No clue what to write your Valentine this year? Take a hint from some of the most romantic words of all time.
"Love much. Earth has enough of bitter in it." — Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"What's the earth
With all its art, verse, music, worth—
Compared with love,
found, gained, and kept?"
Robert Browning


"Everything that I understand, I understand only because I love." — Leo Tolstoy

"We are most alive when we're in love." — John Updike

"We can only learn to love by loving." — Iris Murdoch

"Love is everything it's cracked up to be … It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for." — Erica Jong

"In true love it is the soul that envelops the body." — Friedrich Nietzsche

"We love because it's the only true adventure." — Nikki Giovanni

"'Till I loved I never lived—Enough." — Emily Dickinson

"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved." — Victor Hugo

"I have found that to love and be loved is the most empowering and exhilarating of all human emotions." — Jane Goodall

"Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone—we find it with another." — Thomas Merton

"Love is a taste of paradise." — Sholem Aleichem

"We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness." — Ellen Goodman

"Even when love isn't enough…somehow it is." — Stephen King

"If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love." — Maya Angelou


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